Torrent vs. Burst - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Torrent (noun)

    A violent flow, as of water, lava, etc.; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice.

    "Rain fell on the hills in torrents."

    "A torrent of green and white water broke over the hull of the sail-boat."

  • Torrent (noun)

    A large amount or stream of something.

    "They endured a torrent of inquiries."

  • Torrent (noun)

    A set of files obtainable through a peer-to-peer network, especially BitTorrent.

    "I got a torrent of the complete works of Shakespeare the other day; I'm not sure why."

  • Torrent (adjective)

    Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.

  • Torrent (verb)

    To download in a torrent.

    "The video rental place didn't have the film I was after, but I managed to torrent it."

  • Burst (noun)

    An instance of, or the act of bursting.

    "The bursts of the bombs could be heard miles away."

  • Burst (noun)

    A sudden, often intense, expression, manifestation or display.

  • Burst (noun)

    A series of shots fired from an automatic firearm.

  • Burst (verb)

    To break from internal pressure.

    "I blew the balloon up too much, and it burst."

  • Burst (verb)

    To cause to break from internal pressure.

    "I burst the balloon when I blew it up too much."

  • Burst (verb)

    To cause to break by any means.

  • Burst (verb)

    To separate formfeed at perforation lines.

    "I printed the report on formfeed paper then burst the sheets."

  • Burst (verb)

    To enter or exit hurriedly and unexpectedly.

  • Burst (verb)

    To produce as an effect of bursting.

    "to burst a hole through the wall"

Oxford Dictionary

  • Torrent (noun)

    a strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid

    "after the rains, the stream becomes a raging torrent"

    "rain poured down in torrents"

  • Torrent (noun)

    an overwhelming outpouring of (something, typically words)

    "she was subjected to a torrent of abuse"

  • Burst (verb)

    break open or apart suddenly and violently, especially as a result of an impact or internal pressure

    "the dam burst after days of torrential rain"

    "one of the balloons burst"

  • Burst (verb)

    cause to burst

    "the swollen river was expected to burst its banks"

    "he burst the balloon"

  • Burst (verb)

    be so full as almost to break open

    "the wardrobe was bursting with piles of clothes"

  • Burst (verb)

    feel a very strong or irrepressible emotion or impulse

    "he was bursting with joy and excitement"

    "she was bursting to say something"

  • Burst (verb)

    issue suddenly and uncontrollably

    "the words burst from him in an angry rush"

  • Burst (verb)

    open suddenly and forcibly

    "a door burst open and a girl raced out"

  • Burst (verb)

    move suddenly and violently

    "she burst on to the British art scene in 1985"

    "he burst into the room without knocking"

  • Burst (verb)

    suddenly begin doing or producing something

    "the aircraft burst into flames"

    "she burst into tears"

    "Sophie burst out laughing"

  • Burst (verb)

    separate (continuous stationery) into single sheets.

  • Burst (noun)

    an instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing; an explosion

    "the mortar bursts were further away than before"

  • Burst (noun)

    a sudden brief outbreak

    "a burst of activity"

    "bursts of laughter"

  • Burst (noun)

    a sudden issuing forth

    "her breath was coming in short bursts"

  • Burst (noun)

    a period of continuous and intense effort

    "he sailed 474 miles in one 24-hour burst"

Webster Dictionary

  • Torrent (noun)

    A violent stream, as of water, lava, or the like; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice.

  • Torrent (noun)

    Fig.: A violent or rapid flow; a strong current; a flood; as, a torrent of vices; a torrent of eloquence.

  • Torrent (adjective)

    Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.

  • Burst (verb)

    To fly apart or in pieces; of break open; to yield to force or pressure, especially to a sudden and violent exertion of force, or to pressure from within; to explode; as, the boiler had burst; the buds will burst in spring.

  • Burst (verb)

    To exert force or pressure by which something is made suddenly to give way; to break through obstacles or limitations; hence, to appear suddenly and unexpectedly or unaccountably, or to depart in such manner; - usually with some qualifying adverb or preposition, as forth, out, away, into, upon, through, etc.

  • Burst

    To break or rend by violence, as by an overcharge or by strain or pressure, esp. from within; to force open suddenly; as, to burst a cannon; to burst a blood vessel; to burst open the doors.

  • Burst

    To break.

  • Burst

    To produce as an effect of bursting; as, to burst a hole through the wall.

  • Burst (noun)

    A sudden breaking forth; a violent rending; an explosion; as, a burst of thunder; a burst of applause; a burst of passion; a burst of inspiration.

  • Burst (noun)

    Any brief, violent exertion or effort; a spurt; as, a burst of speed.

  • Burst (noun)

    A sudden opening, as of landscape; a stretch; an expanse.

  • Burst (noun)

    A rupture or hernia; a breach.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Torrent (noun)

    a heavy rain

  • Torrent (noun)

    a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid);

    "the houses were swept away in the torrent"

  • Torrent (noun)

    an overwhelming number or amount;

    "a flood of requests"

    "a torrent of abuse"

  • Burst (noun)

    the act of exploding or bursting something;

    "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"

    "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

  • Burst (noun)

    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms;

    "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"

  • Burst (noun)

    a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason);

    "a burst of applause"

    "a fit of housecleaning"

  • Burst (noun)

    a sudden violent happening;

    "an outburst of heavy rain"

    "a burst of lightning"

  • Burst (verb)

    break open or apart suddenly;

    "The bubble burst"

  • Burst (verb)

    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up;

    "break into tears"

    "erupt in anger"

  • Burst (verb)

    burst outward, usually with noise;

    "The champagne bottle exploded"

  • Burst (verb)

    move suddenly, energetically, or violently;

    "He burst out of the house into the cool night"

  • Burst (verb)

    be in a state of movement or action;

    "The room abounded with screaming children"

    "The garden bristled with toddlers"

  • Burst (verb)

    emerge suddenly;

    "The sun burst into view"

  • Burst (verb)

    cause to burst;

    "The ice broke the pipe"

  • Burst (verb)

    break open or apart suddenly and forcefully;

    "The dam burst"

  • Burst (adjective)

    suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure (`busted' is an informal term for `burst');

    "a burst balloon"

    "burst pipes"

    "burst seams"

    "a ruptured appendix"

    "a busted balloon"

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